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The Engineering department of Kendal College offers a dedicated workshop, boasting industry-standard centre lathes, CNC systems, and 3D printers, and a range of computer facilities with the latest 2D/3D CAD software. The nine members of staff who run the department have over 140 years of combined industry experience, working in sectors such as military engineering, motorsports, nuclear energy, hydroelectric, manufacturing, and acoustics.

There are over 20,000 opportunities for careers in the engineering industry and following a career in this field could take you down any number of roads (or up into the skies).

Many of our students go onto University or other degree-level studies in subjects such as mechatronics, energy, motorsports, and aeronautics. Just as many secure apprenticeships with local and national employers including Gilkes and BAE Systems, and go on to study a Higher National Diploma at Kendal College.

The engineering facilities at Kendal College are just as impressive as the progression routes achieved by students. The flagship £1.9m Engineering, Science & Technology Centre houses CNC (computer numerically controlled) machines from Haas, alongside numerous manual lathes – a setup, which is the same or better standard than can be found out in the workplace. There’s also a dedicated science laboratory and sustainable energy workshop, as well as access to 3D printers, the latest CAD suite systems, material testing machines and much more.

Our experienced tutors have an excellent reputation in the industry and have strong links with local businesses who rely on the College to meet their current and future business needs. Students undertake valuable work experience and placements as well as taking part in UK and overseas trips to places like the Skoda factory in Prague to develop their knowledge.

There are full-time, part-time and degree-level courses available in engineering at Kendal College as well as a wide range of apprenticeships.

Meet your tutor

Nick Evanson

I teach physics, maths, and computing too so my role is extremely varied and fast-paced. Kendal College is fun, fast and friendly. It’s extremely rewarding to see students’ progress through the course, gaining new found confidence and knowledge about the industry. My advice to anyone considering their options is to come and take a look around!

View our courses

Mechanical Engineering HNC
Degree-level 4 Sept 2022 2 Years

Campus: Milnthorpe Road Campus (MRC)

Professional engineers are at the forefront of developing new ideas in an ever changing world and are highly valued within industry. They form the backbone of research and development in their respective fields, as well as being inspiring leaders of teams and projects.

Electrical Engineering HNC
Degree-level 4 Sept 2022 2 Years

Campus: Milnthorpe Road Campus (MRC)

Professional engineers are at the forefront of developing new ideas in an ever changing world and are highly valued within industry. They form the backbone of research and development in their respective fields, as well as being inspiring leaders of teams and projects.

Engineering Technology
Full-time 2 5th Sep 2022 1 Year

Campus: Milnthorpe Road Campus (MRC)

Do you enjoy looking at machines, structures, technology, gadgets, and wonder how they are made? Did you enjoy making things at school? Do you want to a job where your practical skills are put to use?

Our Level 2 Engineering Technology course focuses on engineering workshop techniques and procedures - using lathes, mills, drills, and hand fitting, for example. Modern engineering requires good computer skills, so our course covers this too.

Engineering (Various Pathways) T-Level
Full-time 3 5th Sep 2022 2 Years

Campus: Milnthorpe Road Campus (MRC)

This qualification is for you if you are a 16-19-year-old learner, who wishes to work within the engineering industry. It has been designed to deliver a high level of knowledge about the engineering industry as well as the occupational skills required to enter the industry (known as 'threshold competence').

Maintaining Your Mountain Bike
Part-time 1 Sept 2022 5 Weeks

Campus: Milnthorpe Road Campus (MRC)

On this course, you will gain a Level 1 Award in Cycle Mechanics (Maintaining your Mountain Bike).

Bicycle Bearings
Part-time N/A Sept 2022 1 Week

Campus: Milnthorpe Road Campus (MRC)

This course gives you the skills and knowledge to work on the small bearings of your bicycle found in Hubs and Mountain Bike suspension pivots. You can work on your own equipment or our classroom stock.

Maintaining Your Road Bike
Part-time 1 Sept 2022 5 Weeks

Campus: Milnthorpe Road Campus (MRC)

On this course, you will gain a Level 1 Award in Cycle Mechanics (Maintaining your Road Bike).

Skills for Engineering (Monday Makers)
Part-time N/A Sept 2022 Various

Campus: Milnthorpe Road Campus (MRC)

Monday Makers runs every Monday during term-time, 6pm - 9pm. You can come anytime, for as long as you want! The aim is to offer an opportunity to employees and/or enthusiasts to pursue projects or update skills using our state-of-the-art engineering facilities, including CAD, CNC machines, CAM software and conventional lathes and mills.